As we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month by celebrating the survivors and their stories, we also continue to pray for the cure. The saddest part of cancer is the fact that it is one of the more than 10 incurable medical diseases.
Once upon a time, there was a lieutenant governor in Georgia who later became governor. He had a vision for improving public education in the state. His name was Zell Miller. His vision was the HOPE scholarship, funded by the Georgia Lottery, which gives financial assistance to eligible students who attend our state's colleges and universities. It has been a game-changer.
Music fans have the opportunity to come down to the Covington Square Park to enjoy a live band, try some of the downtown restaurants and shop in nearby stores during the Concert Under the Stars event starting at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22.
Most agree that throughout the last few years, new life has come to the Square at the heart of Covington. We have seen a variety of shops, restaurants and eateries open. And others are set to join them soon. What's even more amazing is the number of people you see walking through the Square and sitting on the benches, visiting all throughout the day and evening.
In a couple of weeks we'll celebrate All Saints Day in the Christian tradition. Every year on Nov. 1 we honor and remember the people in the life of the church who have died since the last All Saints Day. It's a moment where we get to remember the people in our life who we consider saints. It's also a day in the life of the church where we remember those people who have been formally canonized as Saints. People like St. Francis of Assisi, St. Patrick, St. Hildegard of Bingen, and many, many more.
There is nothing more important than your good name. I inherited mine from one of the most honest and ethical men I ever knew: My father. A man without a lot of education or sophistication, his was a world of right and wrong, good and bad, legal or illegal. It either was or it wasn't. Rationalization didn't count much with him if you were trying to defend bad decisions. It was just simpler to do the right thing.
A group of concerned community members, parents and students came together at Newton High School on Saturday, Sept. 17 to listen, learn and discuss about the need for change during a Town Hall meeting on underage drinking. Around 55 people were in attendance, and each person brought their individual experience and knowledge to the discussion table. Information was shared with the participants regarding the effects of underage drinking on the adolescent brain, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, statistics on alcohol-impaired collisions in Newton County and student-reported statistics on current underage drinking trends in Newton County (from the Georgia DOE's "Georgia Student ...
Johnny D. Jones started as Campus Dean for Georgia Piedmont Technical College's (GPTC) Newton Campus in January 2016. He said of that beginning, "I felt instantaneously at home." He reached out, was welcomed, and supported by community leaders and people throughout the Newton Campus service region, which includes Newton, Rockdale, and Morgan counties. However, nine months later GPTC and Jones have parted ways. Jones indicated that although the service region and he were a great fit for one another; the GPTC administrative structure and he were not. His last day as campus dean was Sept. 21, 2016.